A Person Can Now Legally Choose To Be Neither Sex. | Gradient

A person can now legally choose to be neither sex.

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Just as the world was settling down about transgender bathrooms, Oregon judge Amy Holmes Hehn has allowed United States Army sergeant Jamie Shup to identify legally as non-binary, not man or woman. Despite the crazy amount of punditry babble that may explode out of this, the ruling is undoubtedly a huge step forward in civil rights for the transgender community and an extremely freeing moment for Shup.

Shup’s lawyer, Lake Perriguey, went to the judge with two doctor notes detailing Shup’s non-binary status. In response, Judge Hen said they were attempting “to push the envelope.” To which Perriguey explained that Oregon law has made changing your gender as simple as changing your name, and they are simply “making the envelope bigger.” They are advocating for a space for non-binary people to be able to communicate who they truly are, just like everyone else.

As reported on The Daily Dot, Shup shared their feelings about the ruling “totally being liberated from the boundaries of being male or female.”

They further shared about their journey to this day in an email shared on The New York Times:

“I was denied the right as a child and while in the military to ever explore my gender identity because of the hostility of society for violating gender norms or for expressing any form of gender variance,” Jamie said in an email. “So I was literally doing in my 40s and early 50s what children are doing nowadays.”

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